What Type Of Adhesive Is It?
To remove carpet glue, the first thing that you want to know is what type of adhesive you have. If the glue looks tan or dark brown, it probably has a tar base. You can apply regular mineral spirits to this kind of adhesive, but beforehand, test the mineral spirits on a hidden corner of the floor. If another glue has a yellow appearance, it’s most likely a standard type of carpet glue. Although there are standard glue removers, there is a safer removal technique below.
Safer Removal Technique
Before you remove standard carpet glue, it’s important to soften it by warming it up. For hardwood flooring, use a heat gun. Once it’s softened, the glue should scrap right off. A flat plastic scraper is recommended to avoid harming the wood. With this technique, you do not have to use any dangerous chemicals.
Removing Glued Carpet Pads
To remove glued carpet padding, applying mineral spirits will soften the adhesive and allow you to use a plastic scraper or putty knife. If you choose a scraper, make certain it’s at least 4 to 6 inches wide. A narrow scraper will require a lot more time. Spray or put a dab on a small area. Use gentle strokes to prevent damaging the floor.
Turn Off Sources of Flames
Whether it’s mineral spirits or another adhesive remover, they’re all typically based on solvents which makes them flammable. Make sure that anything that can generate a flame or spark in the room, gets turned off. This would include pilot lights, cigarettes or cigarette lighters. Due to the toxicity of solvents, be sure to open the windows and turn on a fan to ventilate the area.
Choosing a Scrubbing Tool
After the large chunks of glue are eliminated, you will want to clean off any residue left on the surface. In case a putty knife does not work, there are different scrubbing tools that can help. A 3M Scotch Brite pad is effective along with a soft dish washing brush. The mineral spirits usually will not harm the plastic material. If you would prefer to hold onto a handle for leverage, try a 3M coarse Scotch Brite pad that’s attached to a handle.